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Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble postponed for the second time

The quarantine-free air bubble slated to take off on May 26 – after its initial planned launch in November 2020 – is deferred for the second time due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Singapore
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Tatum Ancheta

Update: Have you booked your ticket to Singapore for May 26 already? Well, you may need to reign back your excitement as officials have announced that the much-awaited quarantine-free travel bubble will be delayed once again. 

After the announcement of an impending delay last May 14, officials from Hong Kong and Singapore have confirmed today the postponement of the launch of the bilateral agreement. The ATB initial flight was scheduled to commence last November 22 but postponed a day before the launch. The official day of the May 26 launch was confirmed last April 26 under the agreement that the bubble will be suspended if the seven-day moving average of unlinked community cases in either city increases to more than five. On Sunday, May 16, the seven-day moving average of unlinked community cases in Singapore has increased to almost five. The Lion City also sees an emergence of new cases linked to variants of the virus. 

Both cities remain strongly committed to launching the ATB safely, so authorities will review the developments and closely monitor the numbers of positive cases in the next few days before they announce the next launch date.  

While we all wait for the travel bubble agreement to finally resume, go back to compiling a bucket list of the places you want to explore in the Lion City. So, here’s a local insider's guide on the best things to do, eat, and drink in Singapore. For more information about the air travel bubble, visit this guide to answer all your questions. 

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